Cantor’s Column – May 2017

A Brief Retrospect

Cantor Ilan Davidson

cantor@bethelsp.org

This month marks the start of my 23rd year as the cantor of this wonderful community. What does this mean?

It means that I have been thinking a lot about my tenure here, the joys and sorrows we have shared, and the love affair that I never thought was possible until meeting all of you.

Over the past years, I have officiated at your b’nai mitzvah, brit milah ceremonies, baby namings, weddings, and funerals. We have been together when you or your family members have been ill. We have met in the classroom when I taught you and your children. We have enjoyed Sisterhood retreat weekends, Torah School camp weekends, conventions, a cruise, two trips to Israel, as well as over 1100 Shabbat services and holiday celebrations. Together, you welcomed my wife into your midst, joined with us as we welcomed our daughters into the covenant of the Jewish people, provided comfort and support throughout Jodi’s illnesses, and celebrated with us, as our eldest daughter, Jordan, became bat mitzvah. In short, you have become my family and friends that I choose to be with all the time.

So as we enter into these next years together, I look forward to adding many more memories to our family scrapbook. I will continue to dedicate myself to the growth, betterment, education, and spiritual well-being of our family. We will continue to share in simchas, as well as difficult life moments. Together, we will watch our children grow, and take pride in the accomplishments of our older members. I can’t wait to see what the next decade of Temple Beth El might look like. Additionally, I look forward to continuing to celebrate our relationships, with more musical and arts events in the coming year, including Concerts Under The Stars, Musical Shabbatot, Shabbatot Koleinu, Shabbat Shirah, a Yom HaAtzma-ut Community Celebration, and much, much more.

Our Music & Cultural Arts Committee has created a very robust program for the coming years. Now all we need is you. Just as we traditionally bring bikkurim–first fruits to the Temple at Shavuot, I invite all of you to rededicate your gifts of time and participation to our amazing community in the coming year. Should you be interested in working on our Cultural Arts programs, please reach out to me and let me know you want to volunteer. When you see our great programs coming up, make a commitment to attend and participate.

My tenure has been a wonderful period of growth and artistic expression of our Judaism. May the next year see us continue on the path of spiritual growth, personal enrichment, and prosperity.